I did a Google search for natural acoustic guitar but no relevant results. It looks like electric guitars can be natural too. What does the term “natural” mean when it comes to guitars?

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    Where have you come across "natural guitar"? It sounds like you are talking about guitars with a natural finish (as opposed to sunburst or tobacco burst finishes).
    – user39614
    Jan 29, 2019 at 4:14
  • Nothing... "Natural" means nothing. Maybe you mean traditional? Like the classical guitar family.
    – user50691
    Jan 29, 2019 at 13:20
  • No GMO wood was used. #itsajokedammmit Jan 29, 2019 at 13:51
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    @DavidBowling Thank you for your response. I believe Todd answered my question below but here is an example: amazon.com/Jasmine-S35-Acoustic-Guitar-Natural/dp/B0002F58TG
    – pmagunia
    Jan 30, 2019 at 15:23
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    @ggcg I think it refers to the finish as mentioned below
    – pmagunia
    Jan 30, 2019 at 15:25

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It's just a finish. A "natural" finish is basically clear, meaning you see the natural color of the wood. No stain or burst or anything, just a clear, usually glossy, coating.

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    Generally used when the wood is excellent in texture and markings. Otherwise cover it with a solid colour.
    – Tim
    Jan 29, 2019 at 7:47
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    Just to add that many, usually cheaper, 'natural' guitars can have a thin veneer of pretty wood covering a multi-part and unmatched wood body. A natural finish doesn't mean that you are always getting a guitar made from the choicest cuts of wood.
    – ABragg
    Feb 4, 2019 at 12:11

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